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The Socio-Emotional Experience of Family Dinner: Obstacles on the Path to Reward

Poster Session XII - Board: XII- 056
Sunday, May 30, 2010, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Grand Ballroom

Tatyana Plaksina
University of California, Los Angeles

Belinda Campos
University of California, Irvine

Elinor Ochs
University of California, Los Angeles

Margaret E. Beck
University of Iowa

Opportunities for positive social interaction among family members are embedded in daily activity. Twenty-seven dual-earner households were videotaped during regular dinnertime routines. Family members’ emotional tones were rated and food-related dinner talk was documented. Discussion focuses on the challenges that socio-emotional dynamics may impose on family routines.

Subject Area: Developmental
Keywords: Families

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